Saturday, September 8, 2007
Elton to Work on Ice Musical?
There are some screenplay premises that, when you first hear about them, immediately conjure up tantalizing movie potential. Jaden Thompson’s Reborn is such a project. After the DNA of Jesus Christ is discovered on the tip of a spear, the son of God is raised from the dead once more by scientists for a forced Second Coming. It was envisioned by its author as a sequel of sorts to the 1999 drama Stigmata, in which a priest from the Vatican (Gabriel Byrne) investigated an American hairdresser (Patricia Arquette) exhibiting wounds identical to those suffered by Jesus Christ during the crucifixion. “I got an email from [Stigmata story author and co-writer] Tom [Lazarus] saying Reborn was going ahead,” Thompson explains in an interview with UK’s Swindon Advertiser. “I started break-dancing when I read it. I'm really excited about it, I have to pinch myself from time to time to prove it is really happening." Indeed, whenever a faraway screenwriter with no previous filmed credits scores cold, hard cash from Hollywood, it qualifies as a minor miracle. Since first pitching Lazarus in 2003 with his Stigmata inspired yarn, Thompson has continued to write other spec scripts. The doomsday thriller Eleven has passed through the doors of Kevin Spacey’s Trigger Street Productions and Thompson also says he is in talks with Sir Elton John for a possible partnership on the musical-on-ice Vamp.